It’s official. Peter Lambert is a professional baseball player.
The San Dimas High School pitcher signed with the Colorado Rockies today. He was drafted by that organization earlier this month in the second round with the 44th overall pick in the draft.
It was the highest any player from the school had gone in the draft.
Lambert signing means he will not be attending UCLA, the college with which he signed.
But that seemed like a forgone conclusion after being drafted so highly. Lambert was nothing short of spectacular. He had 13 starts and completed nine of those. Five were shutouts and he allowed only four earned runs and managed 113 strikeouts in 83 innings for a miniscule ERA of 0.43.
And that’s just what he did on the mound. He also hit .295 and came up with some clutch hits, excelling at shortstop when not pitching.
Lambert is currently in Colorado with his family. Right after signing he caught another flight to Grand Junction, Col., where he will begin his career with the team’s Short-Season rookie ball team.
“It hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I’m sure it will soon,” he said. “I am relieved to have it over and excited about getting going again.”